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Out of the Clock Tower



Hello and welcome to the Greene County Archives' blog, "Out of the Clock Tower".  Please join us as we share information on archival issues, news, special events, and highlights from our collection.

Before the archives program began in Greene County in 1996, permanent records were stored in every conceivable space, in basements, garages, and closets. Usually they were in boxes of various shapes and sizes, although seldom adequately labeled, but occasionally they were just in loose piles of books and papers. Most notable were the old records stuffed into the clock tower of the County Courthouse, where they shared their home with pigeon droppings.

Now, there is a clean, environmentally controlled, well appointed location for the county archives, where our historical records are housed in standard sized boxes on steel shelves. We have taken note of their journey in the name for our blog.

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Jun 30

Tecumseh-Canada Day

Posted on June 30, 2017 at 4:48 PM by Jessica Cromer

Tomorrow, July 1, is Canada Day. The country is celebrating its 150th birthday. On June 15, 2017, the Greene County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution proclaiming July 1, 2017 to also be Tecumseh-Canada Day. Tecumseh (1768-1813) was born in Ohio and died in Ontario, Canada.

Resolution - Tecumseh-Canada Day

Canada is putting together a time capsule with Tecumseh-related material. The Greene County Archives is one of the many places reached out to that will be contributing material to this time capsule. As mentioned on our Facebook events page, “The resolution for Tecumseh-Canada Day and other items, including photographs taken at this event, will be part of a time capsule that will be buried as part of the Canada 150 celebration. The time capsule will be buried in Kingston, Ontario, Canada and will be opened in 2117.”

Tecumseh-Canada Day Sign

Greene County was asked to be involved as it is the birthplace of Tecumseh. An Ohio historical marker denotes this at Old Town Reserve County Park which reads, “Birthplace of Tecumseh: The great Native American Shawnee leader, Tecumseh, was born on the bank of a large spring at this site in 1768, at the very instant that a great meteor seared across the skies. The birth occurred while his parents, Shawnee war chief, Pucksinwah, and his wife, Methotasa, were en route from their village of Kispoko Town, on the Scioto River, to a major tribal council at the Shawnee tribal capital village of Chalahgawtha (Chillicothe - - now Oldtown), which was located “two arrow flights” northwest of this site. Though prohibited by tribal tradition from becoming chief of the Shawnees, Tecumseh rose to become one of the greatest warriors, orators, and military strategists of any tribe in America. (Continued on other side.) –The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Ohio and the Ohio Historical Society, November 1992”
You’ll just have to come out and read the other side of the historical marker for yourself!

Tecumseh Historical Marker

More information on Tecumseh can be found at Ohio History Central here.

Catahecassa, or Chief Black Hoof, was a Shawnee chief, and was a fierce warrior in the early Ohio country wars against the Anglo colonists like Tecumseh. In the early 1800s, Black Hoof decided it best to try to live and adapt with the white settlers for posterity, while Tecumseh fought to continue to resist the colonists.

More information on Black Hoof can be found at Ohio History Central here.

We are hosting a historical reenactment to tie in to the festivities. On Saturday, July 8, 2017, Chief Black Hoof reenactor William “Rusty” Cottrel will be showcasing his talents portraying Chief Black Hoof. Please join us outside at Old Town Reserve County Park located on Old Springfield Pike, Xenia, Ohio 45385 at 1:00 pm. This event is rain or shine outside, so bring a chair or blanket, and anything else you may need to be comfortable such as beverages, sunscreen, and insect repellent. 

Check our Facebook events page for additional details and latest updates.

We hope to see you there!

Chief Black Hoof Reenactor

Until Next Time!

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